The Vegetarian's Guide to Eating Meat: A Young Woman's Search for Ethical Food

The Vegetarian's Guide to Eating Meat: A Young Woman's Search for Ethical Food

by Marissa Landrigan


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Growing up in a household of food-loving Italian-Americans, Marissa Landrigan was always a black sheep—she barely knew how to boil water for pasta. But at college, she thought she’d found her purpose. Buoyed by animal rights activism and a feminist urge to avoid the kitchen, she transformed into a hardcore vegan activist, complete with shaved head.

But Landrigan still hadn’t found her place in the world. Striving to develop her career and maintain a relationship, she criss-crossed the U.S. Along the way, she discovered that eating ethically was far from simple—and cutting out meat was no longer enough. As she got closer to the source of her food, eventually even visiting a slaughterhouse and hunting elk, Landrigan realized that the most ethical way of eating was to know her food and prepare it herself, on her own terms, to eat with family and friends.

Part memoir and part investigative journalism, The Vegetarian’s Guide to Eating Meat is as much a search for identity as it is a fascinating treatise on food.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771642743
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication date: 04/29/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 608,186
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Marissa Landrigan’s essays have appeared in the Atlantic , Salon , Guernica , and Orion , and she runs the food-themed reading series Acquired Taste. She holds an MFA from Iowa State University, and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh–Johnstown.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Head Cheese 1

Chapter 2 Al Dente 5

Chapter 3 Meet Your Meat 25

Chapter 4 Cheez Whiz Is Vegetarian 43

Chapter 5 Elk Country, Part I 61

Chapter 6 Strawberry Fields 77

Chapter 7 Chickpeas for Breakfast 93

Chapter 8 Corn Fed 105

Chapter 9 A Seriously Scrappy Flower 127

Chapter 10 Tastes Like Chicken 143

Chapter 11 How to Dissect a Chicken 151

Chapter 12 Definitely Not June Cleaver 165

Chapter 13 Precocious Squash 173

Chapter 14 Elk Country, Part II 189

Chapter 15 From Scratch 207

Epilogue: Making Meatballs 221

Acknowledgments 227

Notes 231

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"In the Vegetarian's Guide to Eating Meat , Marissa Landrigan takes on her food choices with eyes wide open, no blinking ... A fresh, intimate look at what it means to eat well in America."—Sherrie Flick, author of Whiskey, Etc.

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